Cleveland’s Caucasian mayoral hopefuls are having a hard time collecting the 3000 signatures needed to get on the ballot

If no Caucasian candidates make the ballot then all of the competitors will be American Negroes

CLEVELAND, OH – So far none of the Caucasians seeking the 3000 signatures needed to get on the ballot for mayor of Cleveland have delivered petitions to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.  American Negroes Zack Reed, Justin Bibb and State Senator Sandra Williams have filed.  There have been no filings, yet, from Irish Catholic Cleveland council president Kevin Kelley or former United States Representative and Croatia Dennis Kucinich.

Sources say former Cleveland Clerk of Court Benny Bonnano, an Italian American, has a team circulating petitions on the west side as a possible “sneak” entry into the race.  Voters will know for sure he’s a candidate if Bonanno delivers petitions by the June 16, 2021 filing deadline.

Former Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed told EJBNEWS that collecting signatures to get on the ballot for mayor in 2021 was much tougher and expensive than in 2017. All of the candidates, myself included, had access to numerous community festivals and events that drew large crowds. Not so coming out of a pandemic. Where circulators were being paid $1 to $3 per signature this year’s costs were as high as $10 per signature. Under state election laws candidates for mayor in non-chartered cities only need 45 signtures to gain a spot on the ballot. That’s what I collected in East Cleveland. Cleveland’s charter since prior to the 1930’s has required candidates to gather 3000 signatures. Voters should reduce the signature requirement in the charter to allow more ballot access.

Ward 7 councilman and former South Euclid and Cleveland Heights resident Basheer Jones has not filed … either.  The word on the streets is they’re all having a hard time collecting signatures.  Voters can only sign one petition.  Jones is the first councilman in Cleveland history voters tried to recall three times during his first year in office.

Cleveland’s politics is unlike that of many other American cities because of the large number of foreign-ancestried and foreign-born residents living in and around it.  It’s a town as “balkanized” or divided as some of the Eastern European nations from which the majority of Caucasians living in the city have ancestral ties.

Unlike the nation’s southern states and Ohio’s southern cities, Cleveland is very “Eastern European” ethnic and less White Anglo Saxon Protestant.  The Eastern European ethnics in the area didn’t leave their old country divisions, class conflicts, fondness for Communist labor unions and ethno-religious wars behind.

They didn’t assimilate as they were advised by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917.  They brought their Third World conflicts and “don’t come into my neighborhood” ethnic divisions to the United States of America.  It explains why the Caucasian candidates in Cleveland don’t really have a “White vote” they can count on to win.  From the perspective of playing to a “political base” Caucasians with Eastern European roots are too ethnically divided to have one.

The late David Brennan, an Akron attorney and the founder of Hope Academy / Lifeskills charter schools, told this writer that as an Irish Catholic their political mantra when voting is to look for the Irish Catholic candidate first and then the Catholic and the Democrat when voting.  Brennan’s board chairman, Robert C. Townsend, II, supported this writer and publisher’s Cleveland Challenger newspaper with full page advertisements from 2002 through 2005 before my election as East Cleveland’s mayor.

Cleveland’s population estimate for the 2020 census is roughly 380,000.  Since 1980 the city’s American Negro population has been near or exceeded 50 percent.  With an historical 11 percent undercount of American Negro citizens since World War II, a U.S. Census official with former President William Jefferson Clinton’s administration, Everett Ehrlich, told this writer that a true count of Cleveland’s population would show the American Negro population in 2000 at or exceeding 60 percent.

Even using the 2020 Census estimate of 380,000 that’s 190,000 “plus” American Negroes at 50 percent.  Following American Negroes the city’s major ethnic groups include German (9.2%), Irish (8.2%), Poles (4.8%), Italians (4.6%), and English (2.8%).  The non-major ethnic groups are French, Wales, Scots, Croatian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Russian, Hungarian and more.  Cleveland is not a “majority minority” city.  It’s majority American Negro like in Atlanta, Georgia.

I served as Cleveland Life’s Editor in Chief in 2001 and wrote this story about the candidates in the race to replace Mayor Michael Reed White. U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones had contemplated running for the seat but decided against it. We talked and I told Stephanie she’d just been elected to replace U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes in Congress and that American Negroes had lost the prosecutor’s office to William D. Mason after she left it for Congress. Attorney James Draper did not prevail in that campaign. Stephanie, with strong encouragement, opted to back Raymond Pierce which pissed off Jane Campbell.

4.5% of Cleveland’s population is foreign-born as of 2020.  41% of the 4.5 percent were born in Europe, 29% of the 4.5 percent were born in Asia, 22% born of the 4.5 percent were born in Latin America, 5% of the 4.5 percent were born in Africa and 1.9% of the 4.5 percent in the North America that includes Canada and Nova Scotia.  Mexicans and Puerto Ricans make up roughly 10 percent of Cleveland’s population.

Without support from the American Negro voter there is no Caucasian candidate with an ethnic political base large enough in Cleveland to prevail over a strong American Negro candidate.  None of the Caucasian candidates seeking the job has an affiliation or friendly history with the city’s largest ethnic demographic as they’ve played to their ethnic political bases and not the larger community.

Kelley is Irish Catholic with relatives from the southern part of Ireland; but half the city’s 32,000 Irish are Irish Protestant from the northern part of that foreign nation.  Anyone familiar with Ireland’s political history knows Irish Protestants and Irish Catholics have been at war with each other and it’s spilled over into U.S. politics.

Frank Jackson made Jane Campbell Cleveland’s last Caucasian mayor in 2005 with the help of the intense coverage from my Cleveland Challenger newspaper. After I distributed over 1 million copies of the newspaper between 2002 and 2005, and exposed the truth about her administration the Plain Dealer and television stations were hiding, it was anybody but Jane. I attended Jackson’s announcement at Cuyahoga Community College.

There’s a racist ordinance on Cleveland’s books right now that requires contractors to identify if they’re doing business with the northern or Protestant part of Ireland that Kelley has not sought to repeal.  It’s one of the reasons British Petroleum left the city and the headquarters the corporation built on Public Square.

British Petroleum purchased Standard Oil founded by White Anglo Saxon Protestant John David Rockefeller, Sr.    The world’s first billionaire lived in East Cleveland and was a Christian abolitionist.  The last 28 years of Rockefeller’s life were spent as the only Caucasian member of the Ormond Baptist Church in Florida.

Foreign politics that had nothing to do with America drove his company out of Cleveland and cost Clevelanders with no interest in Irish politics jobs and opportunities.  All that Irish Republican Army Sinn Fein bullshit should have been left in Ireland.

Kucinich is Croatian and the late United States Senator and Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich was Serbian.  The Croatians and the Polish operated the Nazi extermination camps for Adolf Hitler during World War II; and the Catholic churches in the city hid fleeing World War II Nazi war criminals in them.  More than 230,000 of Voinovich’s Serbian countrymen were “holocausted” by Croatian Nazis known as the Ustase along with 35,000 Roma Gypsies and 30,000 Russian, Polish and Ukrainian Jews.

Ed Lohn was one of the worst police chief’s in modern Cleveland history as Cleveland’s last white mayor, Jane Campbell, let the cops he supervised go on a killing rampage like Brandon King is doing in East Cleveland. Stories like those I published in Cleveland Challenger weren’t being told by the Plain Dealer and the television stations; and Clevelanders learned not to trust them. In 2003 I published my first anniversary edition of Cleveland Challenger and mailed 197,000 copies of this issue to “every” Cleveland household. The Plain Dealer’s home delivery around this time was less than 40,000 on both sides of town. The story I wrote about Lohn’s overtime abuse was investigated by attorney Danny Williams. Williams told me how Campbell personally directed the committee to remove Cleveland Challenger as the source of the information and to insert a story that had nothing to do with overtime misuse written by a Plain Dealer reporter.

There are no pictures of Kucinich and Voinovich that I’ve ever found or seen of them shaking hands even though both men are Caucasian and have surnames that end in “ich.”  In Congress both advocated for the political interests of their ancestral homelands which placed them in eternal conflict with each other … politically.

Kucinich didn’t fare well in the Plain Dealer after Serbian Alex Machaskee became its publisher.  From Voinovich’s and Machaskee’s perspective, Kucinich’s people exterminated members of their “back home” family.

The late Cleveland Mayor Carl Burton Stokes told me Machaskee and Voinovich’s mothers were “cousins” from the same Serbian village.  I was the last journalist to interview Stokes before his death.  The story was published in my Political Reporter in 1996.  We hung out on Prospect Avenue at the hat store across the street from Mike the Hatter while he was sick with cancer and was purchasing a hat.

Kucinich is also known for his two appearances on Russia Today or RT as a guest who blamed the United States government he was supposed to loyally serve for working against Russian interests.   RT is the Russian Federation’s English-language propaganda television network registered with the United States Department of Justice as foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.  The Kremlin’s television network is known for paying its “American” guests.

Kucinich’s top congressional office aide, a Russian ethnic named Rick Nagin, was once chairman of the outlawed Ohio Communist Party.  Nagin is now a Communist masquerading as a Democrat as his affiliation with the Communist Party violated the National Security Act of 1950.

Ukrainian John Demjanjuk or “Ivan the Terrible” is notorious in Cleveland history for hiding here after World War II while building a family and working at the Ford Motor Company plant in Brookpark. Demjanjuk served in the Red army at the Trawniki concentration camp, the Sobidor extermination camp and the Treblinka extermination camp in Poland.  The Poles were prominent in Hitler’s Wehrmact and the largest number of Poles and Slovenians in America immigrated to Chicago and Cleveland.

The most game-changing election in Cleveland history came in 1989 when George Voinovich chose not to seek re-election as mayor after then State Senator Michael Reed White decided to challenge him. Both White and Cleveland’s longest-serving council president, George Forbes, prevailed in the primary election against three Caucasian candidates. White went on to win.

The majority of Russian, Polish and Ukrainian Jews in the Cleveland area are not Nazi death camp or Holocaust survivors since some arrived here after the Civil War ended in 1865.  Former Forest City Enterprises chairman Albert Ratner’s Russian father and uncles arrived in the United States of America, illegally, beginning in 1905 long before Hitler’s rise to power.  Hitler was 16 years of age when Charles Ratner aka Kalman Ratowzer arrived in our nation from Russia under a fake name and with fake documents.

It’s this torturous and bloody history of Eastern European politics brought to Cleveland that doesn’t lead to a unified “white vote” in northern cities that is not the same in the more WASP-controlled south.  Eastern Europeans have a more “pure blood” consciousness in a nation where WASP’s and American Negroes have co-mingled bloodlines for over 400 years.  Under the “one drop rule” there’s an estimated 280 million American Negroes in the USA.

What has been a reality of Cleveland politics since then State Senator Michael Reed White challenged Voinovich for mayor, and the Serbian politician decided not to seek re-election, is that either one or both of the leading candidates to serve as the city’s chief law enforcement officer has been an American Negro.  Bonnano was a mayoral candidate in 1989 along with Irish Catholic Tim Hagan and Slovenian Ralph Perk, Jr.

I told White in 1989 that the numbers showed how the race in the general election would be between him and then Cleveland city council President George L. Forbes.  White, initially, thought Bonanno would pick up the “White vote” to compete against Forbes.  As one of his advisors during that campaign I recommended that he back off his attacks on the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority because he was becoming a “one issue” candidate. I encouraged him to spend more time cultivating the west side vote.

Kevin Kelley obstructed Clerk of Council Patricia Britt from accepting 22,000 signatures from registered Cleveland voters who wanted to decide yes or no on the $88 million he had enacted an “emergency” ordinance to give Dan Gilbert to renovate the Quicken Loans Arena. Standing next to him are two American Negro members of council. Phyllis Cleveland and former member Terrell Pruitt. Pruitt was Nina Turner’s choice to lead Ward 1 after she abandoned the job for a seat in the Ohio Senate. Imagine a U.S. soldier and an American Negro standing silently by while an Irish Catholic anarchist obstructs hard fought for voting rights for American Negroes. 

When he invited me to his first campaign organizational meeting White wanted to know how I got more west side than east side votes during my 1983 campaign for a seat on the Cleveland school board.  As a Clevelander who’d lived on both sides of the city I knew the west side wasn’t as “White” as it was being portrayed.  My estimates then and now are that the city’s west side is at least 30 percent American Negro.  I also understood the ethnic divisions between Caucasians and found support from white voters who didn’t have an ethnic or religious candidate they felt compelled to support.

When White decided not to seek re-election in 2001 I’d just left his administration as a special assistant and was working as the editor in chief of Cleveland Life.  The Plain Dealer’s Brent Larkin ranked the leading candidates as being Jane Campbell, Tim McCormack, William Denihan with American Negro attorney Raymond Pierce placing dead last.  I’d predicted a race between Pierce and Campbell.

Rev. Otis Moss of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church played the role of a political spoiler when he spoke in a radio commercial for Campbell telling American Negroes not to judge her by the color of her skin; and that her mother had been affiliated with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The church she attended had done nothing more than invite King to speak and Campbell, at 12, participated in a ceremonial “march” after the service.  With his help and that of political strategist Angela Woodson, enough American Negro voters crossed the line to give her a one-term victory.

Woodson didn’t get a job and Campbell’s only American Negro cabinet hire was attorney James Draper as safety director.  She later gave Rodney Jenkins a job as community relations director for which she fired him for allegedly sexually harassing Lorna Wisham.  She gave Wisham the job Jenkins held.

Campbell became a one term mayor to then Cleveland council President Frank Jackson because of her hiring practices and the way she allowed police to terrorize American Negroes, Puerto Ricans and ethnic Caucasians like an unarmed Stanley Strnad.  Strnad was shot four times in the back by Daniel Jopek.

The Brown Report publisher Kimberly Brown is seeking to replace Joe Jones in Ward 1 on city council. Jones is backing Kevin Kelley for mayor though he has not yet collected enough signatures to earn a spot on the ballot for the job. Brown told EJBNEWS during a recent conversation that she personally witnessed Cleveland voters in the Lee Harvard shopping center refusing to sign Kelley’s petition.

The Campbell administration’s reckless management of the city’s police department resulted in two federal investigations for uses of deadly force and the mistreatment of American citizens in the city’s jails.  While she was propped up by the Plain Dealer and the television news stations, I published over 1 million copies of Cleveland Challenger during her administration that highlighted her mismanagement.  By the time Jackson campaigned against her in 2005 it was “anybody but Jane.”  Jackson has kept the mayor’s job in the hands of an American Negro since 2006.

In the 2017 campaign for Cleveland mayor, one where I was a candidate, the top three candidates were American Negroes and Jackson faced off against Reed.  Now Reed is the front runner to replace Jackson while Williams and Bibb are battling for the second spot.

From a pure ethnic perspective, I see absolutely no path to a victory based on the numbers for Kelley, Kucinich or Bonanno (if he enters the race) to win.  None of the three Caucasians have the popularity or political support to split the American Negro vote; and the city’s American Negro majority has no interest in risking another Campbell.

Kelley is also offensive to other Caucasians for his voter suppressing role in criminally-obstructing two referendums.  Each time he pissed off over 22,000 registered Cleveland voters who’d signed petitions to challenge council’s decision to invest $88 million to renovate the Quicken Loans Arena for Dan Gilbert; and another more than 20,000 voters who wanted to reduce the size of council and shrink the legislative authority’s pay.

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.

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